Certain Minorities Cited For More Minor Traffic Offenses More Often

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be stopped for minor traffic offenses than whites by police in Winston-Salem.

The city manager ordered an internal review of the police practices after he was shown the Journal's analysis.

The newspaper said that in 2005, 49 percent of the black drivers stopped by the city's police were pulled over for minor offenses, such as a broken tail light or expired license plate.

Hispanics had similar findings. But 31 percent of whites pulled over were stopped for minor offenses. Police Chief Pat Norris is black and says black and Hispanic drivers are not being targeted.

In fact, Norris says officers usually don't know the race of a driver until after they are stopped.


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